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Florida markets tops for home-rental investments

Seven of Florida's foreclosure-filled housing markets are among the nation's Top 20 metro areas for single-family rental investments, according to a report from RealtyTrac. Ocala was the top-ranked of the Florida metropolitan areas, ranking fourth nationally with a median sales price of $75,357 for a three-bedroom home and an average monthly rent of $1,070 on the same-size house. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

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Florida's Economic Yearbook 2013

Featured today, an in-depth look at the economy in each of these regions:
» Florida's Treasure Coast

Treasure Coast

» Southeast Florida


Column: 22 ways to slice our reviving job market

Trying to assess the state's economy by simply noting Florida now has a 7.7 percent jobless rate is like gauging the success of the Tampa Bay Rays by its low team batting average. One number just isn't enough information to flesh out what's really happening. So let's take a quick look at a broader swath of statistics that – together – better measure the state of the Florida and Tampa Bay job scenes. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Key to success: demographics

Our nation represents a patchwork quilt of multiculturalism, so companies need to learn to direct their marketing efforts to a variety of diverse groups. That’s the overriding theme of Geoscape’s 9th annual New Mainstream Business Summit, a two-day conference that kicked off Wednesday at the Conrad Miami. [Source: Miami Herald]

Gov. Rick Scott raising big bucks at rapid rate

Gov. Rick Scott's poll numbers remain stubbornly low, but by another measure he looks much stronger: raising money for his re-election campaign. Scott's political machine Let's Get to Work raised a whopping $4.6 million in the first three months of 2013, raking in cash at the rate of $50,000 every day while chasing a goal of up to $100 million to fund his 2014 re-election campaign. [Source: Times/Herald]


› Lawmakers could raise rates for Citizens customers
Lawmakers, espousing the doomsday rhetoric of the insurance lobby, say Florida is one hurricane away from financial destruction, and shrinking Citizens by raising rates is the fiscally prudent thing to do.

› Palm Beach boat show gains boats, attendees
Organizers reported this week that overall attendance was up 3.7 percent and the $1 billion worth of display items reflected a jump of 27.7 percent for in-water boats and 21.8 percent for land areas.

› Hollywood gives Margaritaville developer new deadline
Margaritaville's developer says he needs more time to work out a deal with Starwood Capital — and he got it on Wednesday. Developer Lon Tabatchnick told commissioners he could not meet the city's April 10 deadline to take possession of the city-owned parcel. Hollywood commissioners gave him a new deadline: July 5.

› Mobile veterinarians bring pet care to Brevard homes
While veterinarian house calls were once traditionally reserved for farm animals, more pet owners are seeking mobile vets for both advanced care, such as euthanasia, and routine checkups for the average dog and cat.

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› Sponsorships, exhibitor space available for mega business expo
A mega event scheduled for June and designed to draw consumers, businesses, job seekers and employers, is offering exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities. Billed as “Florida’s Largest Business Expo Ever,” the Home Show /Heath & Wellness Far / Job Fair will be held June 6 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.

› Lockheed's $146M Army training deal latest to survive sequester
Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Orlando training-simulation unit has won an Army contract potentially worth $146 million to develop an advanced, international war-game training system for U.S. and allied commanders, officials said Wednesday.

› Rare Florida panther released back into the wild
A Florida panther rescued as a kitten has made a rare run back into the Everglades. The 2-year-old male panther poked its head out of a crate and then sprinted several hundred yards down a gravel road before disappearing into the brush Wednesday in Palm Beach County.

› Supporters haven't given up on legalizing the 64-ounce growler at Florida breweries
Proponents of a bill that would legalize the half-gallon growler in Florida haven’t given up hope, even though a group of beer distributors opposing the measure has so far prevented it from going before a House committee.